SFB 1245
Atomic Nuclei: From Fundamental Interactions to Structure and Stars

MGK: Integrated Research Training Group

The CRC ensures top-quality research at an international level also through the training of the next generation of researchers. Given the great interest of junior researchers in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics in Darmstadt, the CRC focuses strongly on excellent doctoral researchers (with 30 positions requested for doctoral researchers versus 6 for postdoctoral researchers). Therefore, in addition to mentoring and promoting junior scientists within the CRC, an Integrated Research Training Group (MGK) provides an enhanced, innovative, and international environment for its doctoral researchers.

In the second funding period, we continue the successfully implemented key measures of MGK:

  • Structured qualification scheme with regular PhD committee meetings
  • Topical Lecture Weeks with outstanding international guest scientists
  • Annual CRC Physics Days with local and external junior scientists
  • Short-term recruitment stipends for incoming external (foreign) students
  • Research Internships for doctoral researchers

The doctoral researchers of the CRC furthermore have the opportunity to take courses for professional skills provided by the TU Darmstadt Center for Early-Stage Researchers “Ingenium” and also to participate in selected topics of the graduate school HGS-HIRe.

Progress of Doctoral Project

Typical progress of a 36-month doctoral project starting in the summer semester. The research project (blue) represents its core. Within the first year the doctoral researcher will be offered topical lectures related to her/his project. Later the focus lies more on the project work.


  Name Working area(s) Contact
Francesca Bonaiti
B04, MGK
+49 6131 3929665
Maximilian Spall
B02, MGK
+49 6151 16-23566
S2|14 120

Principal Investigators

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Hammer
A02, A05, MGK
+49 6151 16-21560
S2|11 106
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Obertelli
A03, A08, MGK
+49 6151 16-23539
S2|14 420
Prof. Dr. Verena Spatz
+49 6151 16-20470
S2|01 203